Have you, dear reader, ever had the shakes? Like have you ever drank too much caffeine or been so tired, cold, and hungry that you couldn’t stop shaking? Right now, I’m shivering like I’m cold and can’t warm up, but it’s not *that* cold here right now (It’s 53F/12C), and I’m under several blankets. Last night I woke up from a sound sleep shaking so hard that my teeth were chattering. But here’s the weird thing. Both then and now, I can’t see any outward signs of my body shaking. Like, if I put a paper on my hand, the paper will be absolutely still. It won’t rattle like it would if my body were shaking, but I still feel like I’m shivering uncontrollably.
And there was no mistaking my teeth chattering when I woke up last night. That would have been the fifth time that’s happened. It’s just weird. I’ve checked online and there hasn’t been any earthquakes in this area. Nothing has woken the dogs either (I’m guessing if the bed were shaking hard enough to make my teeth chatter, it would wake the dogs). It’s just me. Everyone else in the house just sleeps right on. I even felt the bed but the bed wasn’t shaking — at least I don’t think it was shaking… The floor wasn’t shaking that I could tell. I mean, it’s really difficult do judge these things when one is half awake and feels like they’re all a-tremble. But honestly it just feels like it’s me… and it’s weird. Last night I woke up and my whole body was shaking but then the sensation travelled down to my feet and kinda stayed there. Honestly… it does that all of the time. Starts in my head and then travels to a limb. It feels like I’m in a vibrating chair that’s malfunctioning. But of course I’m not. I’m in my bed, and there’s nothing that vibrates on my bed. Nothing. I even checked to see if the dogs were shivering, and they were not.
I totally don’t want to go to the doctor about it because the last thing I want to do right now is go through another expensive and tedious round of, “We can’t find anything wrong with you.” It’s frustrating.
I think I’m shaking right now because I’m over tired. I’ve had these kinds of shakes before — usually after I overdose on caffeine or don’t get enough sleep. I had a restless night last night and the night before. I guess the older one gets the lower the bar is for “enough” sleep. Because I didn’t used to shake like this until I’d gone days without any sleep. I mean, I slept last night, just not well. And I’m all shaky. Blah. Age. I think I’m gonna have to bite the bullet and get a CPAP machine because I also keep having dreams where I’m drowning (or otherwise not breathing) and wake up gasping for air. They don’t happen often, but often enough to start worrying about them I guess. I dunno if it will help with the shaking thing, but you never know. I mean, I don’t know what’s causing it. Google says it’s anxiety or Parkinson’s. and I can pretty much bet money I don’t have Parkinson’s. And if it was anxiety, why would it wake me up from a sound sleep? That doesn’t make sense.
And, my energy just ran out. grumble grumble blankity blank fatigue. Please excuse any grammar errors in this post. I’ll come back and try and fix them later, but I’m way too tired to catch them now.